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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Filipino to break Guinness as the fastest backward runner



By Mortz C. Ortigoza

Alfonso “Jojo” Bigay, a Filipino, will break on July 24 the Guinness World Record (GWR) of Germany's Roland Wegner as the fastest back runner in the world.
GUINNESS BID. Alfonso “Jojo” Bigay interviewed by the national TV for his July 24 bid as the fastest backward runner in the Guinness World Record. Bigay, a resident of Lingayen, Pangasinan, hailed philanthropist Rosendo So and former Pangasinan Congressman Mark Cojuangco for their all out support of his bid as the fastest retro-runner in the world. The present holder, a German, holds the record for several years with his 13.6 seconds 100 meters dash. Bigay has been clocking for several years 13. 2 seconds in 100 meter run. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA
Wegner has clocked at the Guinness 13.6 seconds in 100 meter retro running. Bigay, a native of Lingayen, Pangasinan, is positive to hurdle the German's prowess after several years of training.
"At present I hit already 13.2 seconds in 100 meters enough to beat the German's record".
Bigay used to be a track and field athlete of the province and a marathoner who competed in different parts of the country.
"People were amused noticing me when I competed in the 10 kilometres San Miguel Classic marathon in 1991 in Manila and 22 kilometres marathon in Manila again when I chose to run backward finishing the length we were competing," he stressed.
He said he discovered that he could run backward faster and comfortable than running forward.
"In forward running I could only clock 14 seconds in 100- meter dash. But in backward dash, I could hit 13.2 second that could even land the Philippines in Guinness".
According to recordholders.org the first backward runners in 100 meters were Czechoslovakian Vaclav Fisher with 18 seconds in 1972 held in Tokyo, Japan, New Zealander Paul Wilson with 14.4 seconds in September 1979, Ghanian Ferdi Ato Adoboe with 14.0 seconds on July 28, 1983 in Amherst, USA, Adoboe with 13. 6 seconds on July 25, 1991 held at Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, USA, German Wegner with 13.6 seconds on August 4, 2007 in Horgau, Germany.
The Filipino challenger said he would break the record of Wegner on July 24 at the track and field of Urdaneta City..
Author (red t-shirt) and his son Jigger tested the backward running
mettle of Bigay by speed running forward for an infomercial at GMA-7 TV
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Janice Hidalgo, the liaison officer of Bigay to the GWR, said that the Guinness’ management just gave the go signal for them last June 2 for Bigay to show his mettle on July 24.
“But on July 14 he will be having his medical examination, weighing, and other requirements that would be administered by a government physician before the D-Day in July 24 starts,” she explained in a press conference they called for Bigay at the Lennox Hotel in Dagupan City.
Hidalgo was the facilitator in 2014 of the GWR of Bayambang, Pangasinan for breaking the world’s longest grill’s record where fresh water fish were roasted at the town’s major road in a more than eight kilometres grill.
Bigay hailed philanthropist Rosendo So and former Congressman Mark Cojuangco for the financial and moral support for his attempt to claim the retro runner plaudit for the glory of the country.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Graham Nash - nangagamot daw ng Almura-Nash

Just composed this song outside our house with a guy named Graham Nash - nangagamot daw ng Almura-Nash

God, save us from “Senator” Manny Pacquiao


By MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA


A presidential poll survey conducted by Manila Standard Today (MST) last May 8 to 18 said that Vice President Jejomar Binay plunged to 28% points while Senator Grace Poe breathes at the back of his neck like an albatross with 24% points.
Davao City Mayor Rod Duterte and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada were far below with 10% points each.
I don’t know how scientific this 1,200 respondents fairly spread all over the country based on  status of works, ages, to name a few of the country’s demography as polled by veteran pollster Junie Laylo - an in-house surveyor of   MST, but if the next poll conducted by the Social Weather Station and Pulse Asia had covered June 2 to 5 media’s hullaballoo that Poe, a foundling, has been left as an infant inside the Jaro Cathedral in Jaro, Iloilo (psst our ancestral home is just at the back of the church, teh-heh!) by her poor parent to be picked by the daughter of an illustrative family named Jalandoni, gee whiz I bet, Grace poll’s stocks would eclipse those of Binay and dusted off those sorry presidential wannabees trying their best to boost their polls rating.
Filipinos love those with sorry liked stories like the one Mary Grace Poe had.
The survey also tells that if either one of all the putative presidential rivals of Poe withdraw they would vote for the lady senator.
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Oh, the survey also polled who lands on the Top 12 of the senatorial race in the 2016 polls.
Sad to tell you folks that “si “Push mo iyan ‘teh” former Pangasinan Congresswoman Rachel Arenas, did not make it. If Arenas, who I met at Davao City’s airport last week, was excluded, Sarangani Congressman Manny Pacquiao, known for his patent and scandalous absences in the August Chamber every time it has a session, became shoo-in.
Geez, the guy, known as mambubutas ng upu-an sa Congress (a dead wood congressman), has not yet started to spend in the hustling his U.S $160 million or P7 billion (inclusive of taxes and shares of his team) took on his ho-hum mega fight with boxing king Floyd Mayweather.
I felt sad this clown Pacquiao inclusion for the Magic 12 as his presence would have been an insult to brilliant Senate members that awed Filipinos once a upon a time. 
Names like Jovito Salonga, Claro M. Recto, Arturo Tolentino, Rene Saguisag, and others made us stand tall whenever we remembered how they deliberate on proposed laws on the hallowed halls of the August Chamber. Present breed like Alan Peter Cayetano, Chiz Escudero, Merriam Defensor-Santiago make us stout hearted every time they cross examined their devious resource persons thinking at least taxpayers monies did not go to drain in paying the salaries and emoluments of these solons.
But it saddened me to think how the hell Filipinos voted "simpletons" like Lito Lapid, Abigail Binay, the father and son Revillas, Tito Sotto and now Manny Pacquiao.
Here’s Saguisag, in his letter to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, who reminded Pacquiao that a congressional post means serious work and should not be taken lightly.
He added that if Pacquiao is serious about running for the Senate and even the presidency, then he should retire immediately and do his homework.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Why Are We Poor?

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Filipino children grow in numbers like rabbits. thanks
but no thanks to the activist stance of the Roman
Catholic church on pressuring the threatened
 government not to promote artificial birth
control methods. Birth control pills, condoms,
others were given free during the authori-
tarian rule of then President Ferdinand Marcos.
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By Antonio C. Abaya


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But, to get back to the original question, why are we poor?

Sionil Jose says that �we are poor because we have lost our ethical moorings, this in spite of those massive religious rallies of El Shaddai, those neo-gothic churches of the Iglesia ni Cristo sprouting all over the country, in spite of nearly 400 years of Catholic evangelization...�


�We are poor because we are not moral. Can this immorality as evidenced by widespread corruption be quantified? Yes, about P20 billion a year is lost, according to NGO estimates.

�We are poor because we have no sense of history, and therefore, no sense of nation. The nationalism that was preached to my generation by Claro M. Recto and Lorenzo Ta�ada was phony...

�We are poor because our elite from way back had no sense of nation � they collaborated with whoever ruled � the Spaniards, the Japanese, the Americans and, in recent times, Marcos. Our elite imbibed the values of the colonizer...�

Here I disagree with Sionil Jose. To explain an economic phenomenon like poverty, one must look for economic reasons, not moral or political or ideological ones. To put it simply and bluntly, we are poor because our economy did not and does not generate enough jobs for those who need and want to work. Why our economy did not do so and does not do so can best be explained by six economic reasons:

One. In the mid-1950s, our minimum wage law came into effect. When American firms started to move their manufacturing activities to the Far East in the 1960s, they put up most of their factories in Taiwan and Hong Kong, not in the Philippines, even though most Filipino workers could understand some English (most Chinese then could not), and even though Filipino managers were familiar with American business practices (while most Chinese then were not).

The compelling reason for choosing Taiwan and Hong Kong over the Philippines was: wages then were lower there, and there was no minimum wage law there either. So even though the Philippines enjoyed the second highest standard of living in Asia next to Japan up to the late 1960s, we began to lose that lead to Taiwan and Hong Kong in the 1970s.

Two. In the 1970s, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore deliberately geared their economies to the export of manufactured goods. In the 1980s, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia followed their lead. The growth of export industries created jobs, jobs, jobs, which in turn stimulated the growth of manufacturing industries for the domestic markets, which created more jobs, jobs, jobs. This propelled Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia to overtake us in the 1980s.

The Philippines did not seriously pursue an export-oriented strategy until the 1990s, under President Ramos, but by that time the global marketplace had become over-crowded with the entry of the People�s Republic of China. In the 1970s, President Marcos tried to join the export race, but this was opposed by communist high priests Renato Constantino Sr., Edberto Villegas, Walden Bello and Horacio Morales and their acolyte Conrado de Quiroz, and was deliberately sabotaged by KMU communist labor militants.

In 1965, when East Asia was exporting only commodities, the resource-rich Philippines� total exports amounted to $769 million, while resource-poor South Korea and Taiwan exported only $175 million and $446 million, respectively.

In 2001, after 30 years of manufacturing-for-export, South Korea�s and Taiwan�s exports reached $159 billion and $122 billion, respectively, while the late-coming Philippines� totaled only $37 billion.

So in those 36 years, South Korea�s and Taiwan�s exports grew 908-fold and 276-fold, while ours grew only 48-fold. I leave it to others to calculate how many million jobs we lost by default for not pursuing more vigorously a manufacturing-for-export strategy. Three. Having been left behind by the export bus, we also missed the tourism bus. In 1991, the Philippines and Indonesia drew in the same number of foreign tourists: one million. In 2004, or 13 years later, the Philippines is still struggling to attract 2.5 million, while Indonesia is expected to draw in six million, despite the Bali bombing in October 2002. This year, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia are expected to attract 10 to 12 million tourists. Again, I leave it to others to calculate how many million jobs we have lost by default for being such an unattractive place to visit.

Several reasons account for our poor image, the most prominent being: political instability due to coup attempts by Gringo Honasan, kidnappings by the Abu Sayyaf, terrorism by Muslim secessionists, endless insurgency by the NPA. Take your pick.

Four. Having failed to develop a wide manufacturing base during the export boom of the �70s and �80s, the Philippines under President Ramos foolishly embraced free trade and globalization, even earlier and more enthusiastically than much more highly developed Taiwan and South Korea, opening the economy to the products of more industrialized countries, thus sealing the fate of our struggling domestic producers. No wonder an average of 3,500 Filipinos leave these shores every day for jobs abroad that they cannot find here.

Five. As ideologically committed as President Ramos was to free trade and globalization, President Arroyo maintains a bias against manufacturing, preferring to concentrate on agriculture, telecommunications and tourism (kuno). She does not buy the rule-of-thumb that I tried to sell to her: that a hectare of agricultural land, planted to rice or corn, cannot sustain one family for one year; while that hectare of agricultural land, if converted to a manufacturing zone, can sustain hundreds of families. And I thought my logic was unassailable.